' ' ' 'Crafty Endeavours: Shimmering Venice

Tuesday 16 July 2013

Shimmering Venice

I have a weak spot for photo stamps, and I have had this idea about using mica powders with one for a while. Translating this vision into a reality proved difficult but after trying a number of versions, media and methods I finally happened on a nearly there result.
This stamp from Katzelkraft evokes the holidays for me and I wanted the shimmer to give it that feeling of heat you get in the summer.

I stamped the image first with a blue dye ink to provide the base darkness to the image, then overstamped with Versamark. I applied mica powders (Imagination Crafts "Natural" set), gold on the building, blue in the sky, burgundy on the darkest areas of the image. I had trouble catching the shimmer with the camera, especially since the light flares on the glossy cardstock, but here's two attempts:

At the beginning I was determined to use patterned papers for matting but as you can see in the end I used plain colours to let the image be the star of the show.

For embellishment, I stamped a Crafty Individuals stamp (It says Violettes de Parme) in a pool of mixed UTEE, in fact not completely mixed, as when I added my last scoop of coloured powder, I thought the swirls would give more interest to the piece. Love playing with embossing powders me !

I haven't got a favourite embellishment as such, but I do prefer to make my own, so my favourite embellishment is one that I created myself !

I am entering this card in the following challenges :

- WOW embossing powder - Summer & Sunshine
- Imaginations Crafts - Anything goes
- Ladybug Crafts - Favourite embellishment

Thanks for coming by,


  1. I love Venice and this stamp is beautiful! Really great embellishment too. Isn't playing with embossing powders fun? I love it. Good luck with the challenges! Julie Ann x

  2. Bet it looks stunning IRL :)
    Von ♥

  3. Beautiful project and I love the use of the mica powders. Thanks for joining the Imagination Crafts Challege. Chris x

  4. Love the Venice stamp and the effect with the mica powders, your hand made embellishment if fabulous.

    Sylv xx

  5. Wow! That looks like a real photo! Outstanding with the mica powders! Gorgeous embellishment! Have a great day!

  6. Ta carte est magnifique telle quelle, avec un beau travail de recherche d'effets et de couleurs... J'adore ! Bravo Christine. Bon week-end, Coco xx

  7. Fabulous project love it, and good luck you're in with a chance to win the top prize at imagination crafts challenges x

  8. I must try to my lists to do, thanks for the awesomem idea. I love the end result. THANKS FOR PLAYING ALONG WITH WOW EMBOSSING POWDERS MONTHLY CHALLENGE

  9. That´s such a wonderfull card! Thank you for joining us at WOW! Embossing Powders! xx Bianca